Public Service Announcement: memes

I keep seeing people referring to pretty pictures with inspirational quotes in the foreground as “memes.”  They’re not. They’re pretty pictures with inspirational quotes in the foreground.

According to Wikipedia, “A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme.” (I added the bold.)

Mimicked theme is the key.

My daughter explained it to me this way, “You take something that is easily recognizable from pop culture and apply a phrase to it..”

Like this skeptical baby.

We might hope our pretty picture with the inspirational quote becomes an easily recognizable pop culture image some day, but until then it’s not a meme.

Glad I could clear that up for you.